Zinfandel is an interesting grape – also known as Primitivo, it is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. The variety is grown in over 10 percent of Californian Vineyards. DNA analysis has revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grapes Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag, as well as to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Apulia (the “heel” of Italy), where it was introduced in the 18th century.The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name “Zinfandel”, a name which is probably of Austrian origin.
I have only ever known it to come from the United States of America (and as Zinfandel that is probably true). It is a bit of an underrated grape in some quarters but I quite like it. Knowing that the best wines often come from old established vines, I was keen to try this one – “The Parcel Series Old Vine Zinfandel” from Majestic at £6.99 with six bottle mixed case discount – full price £9.99:
The Parcel Series Old Vines Zinfandel.
Price: £6.99 including mixed case discount (full £9.99).
Region/Country: California, U.S.A.
Bottled in U.K. as so many wines are these days! W1743 – apparently, a place in Cheshire.
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Colour: Brick Red with “legs”
Nose/Bouquet/smell: Reminiscent of “Rose hip Syrup”
Palate/Taste:Rose Hip Syrup, prunes and oak – quite pleasant but may well be past it’s best.
(Majestic say: Full bodied flavours of ripe plum and cherry with notes of liquorice, toast and spicy oak)
Finish: very nice smooth medium finish.
Overall, a very pleasant wine but it may well need drinking now. Still a bargain at £6.99